Templars out-grapple Hawk
foes in 40-24 wrestling match
By James Tilson and Joe Quackenbush
Feb. 1, 2018
MANTI—The wrestling team of Manti High School honored its outgoing seniors on Senior Night, Wednesday, Jan. 24, and won its match with North Sanpete by the score 40-24.
North Sanpete stepped up to help Manti celebrate its Senior Night after a scheduling glitch was noticed with originally slated American Leadership Academy (ALA).
When they last met, the Hawks prevailed over the Templars, and the Templars were eager for a return match.
Before the match, Ryan Fowles, head coach for the Templars, said, “The key matches for us will be in the 138, 145, 152 and 220 lb. classes.”
Templar wrestlers won all but one of these key matches.
The winners for Manti were Jabin Taylor (113 lbs.), Kayden Fowles (120 lbs.), Alex Stevens (126 lbs.), Trevor Roberts (145 lbs.), Damon Mayfield (152 lbs.), Lance Fowles (160 lbs.), Braxton Stevens (170 lbs.) and Jason Henningson (220 lbs.). Four of the matches were won by pins.
For the Hawks, Hayes Bailey (132 lbs.), Brayden Otteson (138 lbs.), Laramie Roberts (170 lbs.), Keegan Eliason (182 lbs.) and Dalton Anderson (285 lbs.) prevailed.
Also on the ticket was an exhibition match between Manti female wrestler Kassy Sanchez and the Hawks’ Charles Featherstone.
Sanchez, a senior, did not win her match, although she fought hard and with obvious skill. Sanchez enjoyed great support and was cheered on by both the fans, as well as wrestlers from both teams.